After the widespread success of its inaugural release, racing collectors eagerly anticipate the second installment of the Topps Chrome F1 set to be released this month. Coming out just 6 months after the 2020 Topps Chrome F1, this release features traditional cards with racers and their cars, as well as a handful of subsets. These include Formula One Freshest, Future Stars, and Grand Prix Winners. We join in the excitement and give you the 2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 review.
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Topps partnered with Formula 1 Racing to create their first-ever F1 chrome card set last year. The new series promises all of the Topps line’s hallmarks, such as refractors and autographs.
Currently, 2021 Topps Chrome F1 is set to be released on October 20th, 2021.
Topps announced three types of boxes to fit different price points. The premium Hobby boxes contain everything, including autos. In addition, the Hobby Lite box and a smaller Blaster Value Box SE ensure this release is affordable for everyone.
There are cards strictly available on the cheaper options to ensure everyone receives excellent value, even when going for the more inexpensive boxes.
We have limited information about this value box, as no specifics have been announced. Therefore, the information below is subject to being changed.
Topps 2021 Chrome has 200 cards in the base set highlighting the top drivers and moments in Formula 1 history. They show off some of the most prominent F1 Drivers, and Legendary drivers constantly push their RPM to their limits. In addition, the Topps 1961 Sports Cars insert features select exciting race-ready cars from the F1 and F2.
It can only be found in the LITE packs and are available in several versions:
The 2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Racing has three choices and guarantees 12 inserts in every Hobby box. Here’s what collectors can expect.
Path to the Podium (1:6 packs): Features the best F1 drivers of today who are always in the mix for the podium on race day.
Redliners (1:6 packs): Features top drivers who consistently push their cars to the limit.
Topps 1961 Sports Cars (1:3 packs): The most common insert showcases F1 and F2 cars using a vintage throwback design.
Each insert set offers the same Refractor parallel rainbow.
The autos are only available in the Hobby boxes. Even there, they are relatively scarce, with one per two boxes. A pretty low number for the high price. We will include the auto list immediately after it gets released by Topps (a few weeks before the release).
Topps signed its exclusive agreement with Formula 1 last year. Therefore, we have just 2020’s releases to see how they’ve performed and their current resale value.
Let’s consider how well the unopened wax of last year’s Topps Chrome F1 releases has held up.
|2020 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Hobby Box||$2,100|
If last year’s release is anything to go by, the high price of the hobby boxes is more than justified by the value of wax.
The Lewis Hamilton card has proved to be exceeding valuable, especially its variations. First, however, we shall look at a few of the other highest-performing Topps F1 cards from last year. All cards are PSA 10 unless otherwise stated.
|2020 Topps Chrome F1 Gold Refractor George Russell RC||$2,750|
|2020 Topps Chrome F1 Lando Norris RC Auto||$7,357|
|2020 Topps Chrome F1 Gold Refractor Charles Leclerc||$1,699|
|2020 Topps Chrome F1 Lewis Hamilton #1||$3,300|
|2020 Topps Chrome F1 Racing Refractor Lewis Hamilton 2/58 AUTO||$14,800|
|2020 Topps Chrome Max Verstappen Sapphire Gold /50 PSA 8||$7,999|
|2020 Topps Chrome F1 Max Verstappen Base Card #6||$599.99|
Last year’s set had quite a few cards that cover the price of a hobby box, at least at current values. Therefore, you don’t need to feel too bad about ripping these bad boys if you get them. However, holding is probably (as always) a better option.
With the deal between Topps and Formula 1 signed just last year, the hobby surrounding F1 cards is in its nascent phase. This release features first-time cards and the second outing for many of the great names in Formula 1. However, the newness of the series does not seem to detract from its potential value. On the contrary, the novelty appears to be a factor raising the value of both cards and sealed wax. So overall, this is an excellent long-term hold.